The ''other'' Creator/JimmyStewart Christmas movie--and it's every bit as good as [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife the one you're thinking about]].

A classic 1940 RomanticComedy from legendary director Creator/ErnstLubitsch, starring Stewart and Margaret Sullivan as bickering department store co-workers who are also ([[ObliviousToLove unbeknownst to them]]) pen pals in love. Set in Budapest, Hungary, since it was based on the play ''Parfumerie'' by Hungarian author Miklós László.

Remade in 1949 as ''In The Good Old Summertime'', a {{Musical}} version starring Creator/JudyGarland and set in Chicago in TheGayNineties. Adapted as TheMusical ''Theatre/SheLovesMe'' on Broadway in 1963. Remade again in 1998 as ''Film/YouveGotMail'' with Creator/TomHanks and MegRyan, with that newfangled technology like ''email'' and ''instant messaging''.

!!This film features examples of:
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between the two leads.
* BrutalHonesty:
-->'''Klara''': Mr. Kralik, I don't like you.
* ButHeSoundsHandsome:
** Subverted. Kralik pretends that he met Miss Novak's "Dear Friend," and ''insults him.'' before TheReveal. She admits then she'd long hoped it would be him.
** Played straight earlier in the film, when Miss Novak receives a letter from the "Dear Friend", who says he saw her with Mr. Kralik at the restaurant. "Who is this very attractive young man? He's just the type women fall for."
* ContrivedCoincidence: Where does Klara find a job in Budapest? The store where her anonymous pen pal works.
* DatingServiceDisaster: Two anonymous pen pals fall in love with each other without realizing that they hate each other in real life.
* DramaticIrony: From the point Kralik knows who his "Dear Friend" is, and Miss Novak doesn't.
* {{Fainting}}: Klara collpases when she learns that Mr. Kralic is now managing the store.
* FoodPorn: When Mr, Matuschek invites errand boy Rudy to share Christmas dinner with him:
-->'''Matuschek''': Rudy, do you like chicken noodle soup?
-->'''Rudy''': I certainly do, Mr. Matuschek.
-->'''Matuschek''': And what would you think of roast goose stuffed with baked apples, and fresh boiled potatoes in butter, and some red cabbage on the side, huh?
-->'''Rudy''': I'd love it!
-->'''Matuschek''': And then some cucumber salad with sour cream...
-->'''Rudy''': Oh, Mr. Matuschek!
* FourthDateMarriage: Back then it didn't seem hard to imagine becoming engaged over the weekend to a man you have never even met face-to-face.
* GoldDigger: Mr. Vadas, who seems to be bleeding Mrs. Matuschek (and thus her husband) for money and favors.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Mrs. Matuschek.
* HiddenDepths: Alfred is brusque and businesslike, and Klara is kind of bitchy, but they're both deeply sensitive people underneath their exteriors.
* HotAndCold: Klara to Alfred. One of the most well known early examples in fiction (Type 2 to be exact), [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when she said she read a book that tells her that if you [[KickTheDog treat a man like a dog]] he'll be eating out of your hand but all he did [[TheDogBitesBack was return the favor]].
* InsistentTerminology: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
-->'''Pepi:''' I'm a contact man. I keep contact between Matuschek & Co and the customers - on a bicycle.
-->'''Doctor:''' You mean an errand boy.
-->'''Pepi:''' Doctor - did I call you a pill-peddler?
* InternalReveal: When Klara finally finds out who her Dear Friend is.
* InterruptedSuicide: Mr. Matuschek with a gun (interrupted by Pepi) when he finds out his wife has been [[MistakenForCheating cheating on him with Mr. Vadas instead of Mr. Kralik (as he originally suspected)]]; his attempt is, arguably, out of guilt of false accusation and firing of his best employee more than the infidelity itself. Though when he returns from the hospital, the bittersweet pain in his eyes at being welcomed "Home" by his employees indicates he's now aware that the workplace truly had become where he spent most his time, not with his spouse.
* LastNameBasis: The shop workers all address each other as "Mr. _____" or "Miss _____". Kralik does start privately calling Miss Novak "Klara" once he begins to care for her, though.
* LivingWithTheVillain
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: The two leads fall in love through written letters.
* MarriedToTheJob: Mr. Matuschek.
* MeanBoss: Mr. Matuschek crosses into this a little bit through the early part of the movie, although he undergoes something of a HeelFaceTurn after surviving his suicide attempt, winding up as something almost like a TeamDad.
* MistakenForCheating: Inverted; Mr. Matuschek knows that his wife is cheating with one of his employees and comes to the conclusion that it is Mr. Kralik. It's really Mr. Vadas.
* JerkAss: Vadas, and to a lesser extent Pepi.
* SayMyName: How many times was the name Matuschek uttered in the film?
* SmugSnake: Vadas.
* StoodUp: Alfred didn't intend to stand Klara up--but he loses his job. And then she's particularly cruel to him at the restaurant after he comes in and sits at her table. So he goes home without revealing himself. Klara takes being Stood Up very badly.
* TechnoBabble:
-->'''Doctor:''' It appears to be an acute epileptoid manifestation and a pan phobic melancholiac with indication of a neurasthenia cords.
-->'''Pepi:''' Is that more expensive than a nervous breakdown?
* TheThirties: Technically from 1940, but the feeling is much more Depression-era '30s than WWII-era '40s. (The play on which it was based premiered in 1937.)
* TranslationConvention: They are Hungarian, after all.
* TrueCompanions: Mr. Matuschek says that Kralik is [[LikeASonToMe like a son to him]]. Also, he takes the new delivery boy home for Christmas Eve dinner after discovering that both of them are spending the holiday alone.
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* TwoPersonLoveTriangle